Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2020)

What do you want to do immediately after law school and where?

Big Law
32
33%
Government
3
3%
Federal Clerkship
17
18%
Public Interest
1
1%
Non-Big Law Private Practice
2
2%
Northeast
16
16%
South
13
13%
Midwest
4
4%
West Coast
6
6%
International
3
3%
 
Total votes: 97

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:14 pm

Litt1tUp wrote:Anyone staying at the Scarritt Bennett Center next week?


Yeah, I'll be there on Saturday night.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby pizzagoblin » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:07 am

Anyone get a merit award interview?

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby tuesdayninja » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:11 pm

Gitaroo_Dude wrote:
Litt1tUp wrote:Anyone staying at the Scarritt Bennett Center next week?


Yeah, I'll be there on Saturday night.


I'm there Thursday and Friday, headed back to Chicago Saturday.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby ray.bee » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:02 pm

Who else is going to optional events on Thursday evening of ASP? So excited to visit/get all that free food! :D lol

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Thomas Hagan, ESQ. » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:06 pm

I was planning on going to the ASW in April but it seems like the majority of people are going to the one in March :(

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:13 pm

ray.bee wrote:Who else is going to optional events on Thursday evening of ASP? So excited to visit/get all that free food! :D lol


I'll be doing all three, as long as my flight cooperates. I'm gonna have to pace myself between all the food and booze. :o

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby ray.bee » Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:07 am

Gitaroo_Dude wrote:
ray.bee wrote:Who else is going to optional events on Thursday evening of ASP? So excited to visit/get all that free food! :D lol


I'll be doing all three, as long as my flight cooperates. I'm gonna have to pace myself between all the food and booze. :o


LOL, same.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Thomas Hagan, ESQ. » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:33 am

Anyone else going to the New York Accepted Students Reception tonight? Hoping it doesn't get blizzard-ed out..

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Litt1tUp » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:27 pm

Anyone wanna hit up some bars on Friday night??

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:45 pm

Litt1tUp wrote:Anyone wanna hit up some bars on Friday night??


I'm down. Time to make a dent in that Obiter Dictum "to-do" list. :P

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby cakewalk » Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:02 pm

Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:I was planning on going to the ASW in April but it seems like the majority of people are going to the one in March :(


I'm going to the April event.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby cakewalk » Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:45 pm

rachel3636 wrote:Anyone have any ideas where they're living? Trying to scope out some potentials to check out during Admitted Students Weekend.



Same. I was looking online and I really liked the Metropolitan but pretty much everywhere I looked I would need a roommate and Idk where to start looking.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby tuesdayninja » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:09 pm

Gitaroo_Dude wrote:
Litt1tUp wrote:Anyone wanna hit up some bars on Friday night??


I'm down. Time to make a dent in that Obiter Dictum "to-do" list. :P


I'm down to hop around, never been to Nashville so this is like a mini vacay.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Litt1tUp » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:59 pm

tuesdayninja wrote:
Gitaroo_Dude wrote:
Litt1tUp wrote:Anyone wanna hit up some bars on Friday night??


I'm down. Time to make a dent in that Obiter Dictum "to-do" list. :P


I'm down to hop around, never been to Nashville so this is like a mini vacay.


It's a must that we go to bars now that I realized it's st Patrick's day on Friday lol

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby tuesdayninja » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:10 am

Litt1tUp wrote:
tuesdayninja wrote:
Gitaroo_Dude wrote:
Litt1tUp wrote:Anyone wanna hit up some bars on Friday night??


I'm down. Time to make a dent in that Obiter Dictum "to-do" list. :P


I'm down to hop around, never been to Nashville so this is like a mini vacay.


It's a must that we go to bars now that I realized it's st Patrick's day on Friday lol


Oh god I just did St Patty's here in Chicago last Friday. Turn uppppp

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:34 pm

Just got an e-mail from one of Vandy's adcomms saying the dinner on Thursday I mentioned before got cancelled, so it's just the reception followed by bar review. Makes sense.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby imtca » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:57 pm

If you guys are going to the law firm reception Thursday night, are you going to be wearing suits?

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:06 pm

imtca wrote:If you guys are going to the law firm reception Thursday night, are you going to be wearing suits?


Yeah, the e-mail yesterday recommended business attire so I'm bringing a suit. Kinda sucks, 'cause now I have to check on a bag.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby imtca » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:08 pm

Gitaroo_Dude wrote:
imtca wrote:If you guys are going to the law firm reception Thursday night, are you going to be wearing suits?


Yeah, the e-mail yesterday recommended business attire so I'm bringing a suit. Kinda sucks, 'cause now I have to check on a bag.


oh damn, I just looked at that and business casual for Friday, that's surprising. Damn, now I'm gonna have to bring more than I expected to haha

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby pizzagoblin » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:25 am

Those of you here for ASW, what's your take on Nashville as a city itself? Loving the school and the people, but didn't vibe with the city at bar review. (May just be because I live in NYC.)

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Litt1tUp » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:51 am

pizzagoblin wrote:Those of you here for ASW, what's your take on Nashville as a city itself? Loving the school and the people, but didn't vibe with the city at bar review. (May just be because I live in NYC.)


Yeah... so far I'm not really vibing that well with a lot of things... we'll see how today goes!

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:24 am

I missed the reception and didn't get to Bar Review til after 11, but I'm enjoying what I've seen so far. I like the people and my student host is awesome. Will have a stronger opinion after today.

Anyone still up to to go out after the program tonight?

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby ray.bee » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:08 pm

Hey y'all! I was too sick to attend ASP :( How is it??

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby pizzagoblin » Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:16 pm

ray.bee wrote:Hey y'all! I was too sick to attend ASP :( How is it??


(This is my personal opinion, so take it with a grain of salt.)

Pros:

Vanderbilt is very impressive. The faculty seems dedicated, accessible and prestigious. The law school building is beautiful, as well as the campus itself. The school really sells its small class size (around 170 students) and its ability to place people in jobs across the nation. They say those two factors combined creates a super collegial atmosphere because people aren't competing for the same jobs in the same markets. All of the current students and recent alumni I spoke with said they all got the jobs they were gunning for. The people here are INCREDIBLY nice. The lack of a ranking system seems to create a more laid-back student body.

Cons:

This could be a pro depending on your career objectives, but the school seems very focused on big law. Public interest people may find more obstacles here than elsewhere. Personally I'm not super impressed with Nashville as a city, but some people love it. What I've seen so far is a little too honky tonk for my preferences. Seems like there is a big drinking culture. (Not necessarily a con for some.) There weren't many admitted students I spoke with today who were confident about wanting to attend Vanderbilt. (Also not necessarily a con, just interesting.)

Personally, I'm sold on Vanderbilt itself. But I'm struggling with the idea of living in Nashville.

What'd other people think?

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:27 am

I'll preface this by saying I came into ASD with Vandy as my #1 choice. Also, I haven't seen much of Nashville yet. A little bit of Broadway last night plus the area around campus today. I have a lot of exploring to do this weekend.

I have really enjoyed ASD. It was EXHAUSTING. The 7:30am start is pretty brutal coming off of bar review and what was a travel day for pretty much everyone here. But I had a great time. The panels are what they are; I imagine they're going to be similar at every school in Vandy's tier. But Blackacre was great. The trivia night was very fun. They gave us tons of free beer throughout the night which was much appreciated. It was way more fun that you'd expect to have on a law school's actual campus.

I LOVED the people I met. I can't speak highly enough of this. My only comparison is the UT weekend, but Vandy students made themselves wayyyyy more available than UT students did. And not just ambassadors. I had random 1ls come up to me and give me pretty candid thoughts about coming here. The turnout for trivia night was larger than I expected. You can tell that a lot of student genuinely enjoying their time here and hanging with their peers. Everyone was friendly. It's a weird vibe for a law school. I think it's hard to explain unless you have other visits to compare it to. But there really is a different culture here than I've experienced at the other schools I've visited. And I mean that in a good way. The Vandy difference is real.

And the other admitted students were great to hang with. There are a lot of people I met this weekend who I would love to attend law school with, regardless of location. One thing I really like is Vandy draws people from all over the country. Certainly the South is heavily represented, but I met a lot of people from around the states. Which I personally find really appealing.

Personal cons are few but I'll list them anyways. There were times where I got a really strong "Southern fratty" vibe, or at least what I imagine that to be with my Californian sensibilities. It was never too obnoxious, at least during my brief time here. But I could see it annoying me on occasion were I to ultimately attend here.

Like pizzagoblin said, the drinking culture is real. It's not forced on anyone or anything, but I could see it turning off some people. I personally enjoyed it for the most part. But I also called it quits at 11pm on Saint Patties day, so take that as you will.

All in all, it has put me really close to matriculating. Only thing holding me back is the desire to complete my other campus visits, and my own personal considerations about having to enter into a LDR should I attend here. Otherwise I think Vandy really kind of confirmed my expectations and excitement.


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